MITCHELL, SD – The Dusty Johnson for Congress campaign is pleased to announce the results of a public poll, conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling and commissioned by The Argus Leader and KELO-TV. The survey of 625 registered Republican voters showed that 41% of South Dakotans will vote for Dusty Johnson for Congress on June 5th. This is an 18 point lead over Shantel Krebs, who trails at 23%.

Other highlights from the poll include a regional analysis of the results that show Dusty Johnson commands a plurality of support across South Dakota’s Republican universe and that he has the highest favorability rating among the three candidates.

“This is incredible news for our campaign, our supporters, and South Dakota,” said Dusty Johnson. “It’s proof that South Dakotans are fed up with the negativity and gridlock that is crippling Washington. From the beginning, my candidacy has been solutions oriented and that will never change – it’s who I am. Even as my opponents have turned to mudslinging and character attacks as a last-ditch effort when they are behind in the polls, I have stood my ground and stuck by my pledge to run only positive, solutions-oriented ads. South Dakotans should know that I will always stand up for what is right in Washington, just as I have in this race. With less than a week until the primary, I remain committed to attacking only the issues like: pushing for fiscal responsibility, working on a new Farm Bill, and bringing much needed reform to our welfare system. If you support positive campaigning and believe that we need a problem solver representing South Dakota, I would be honored to have your vote on June 5th.”

Dusty Johnson grew up in a working-class family in Central South Dakota and graduated from USD Vermillion. A former policy staff member for Governor Mike Rounds, Dusty learned early on he had a passion for public service. After serving on the Public Utilities Commission, Dusty became Governor Daugaard’s Chief of Staff and helped lead the state out of a $127 million deficit. Dusty currently works as Vice President at Vantage Point Solutions in Mitchell where he helps telecommunications companies deploy fiber and broadband into rural communities.


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